Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 88% (Critics) / 90% (Audience)
Directed By: Darren Lynn Bousman, Axelle Carolyn, Adam Gierasch, Andrew Kasch, Neil Marshall, Lucky McKee, Mike Mendez, Dave Parker, Ryan Schifrin, John Skipp, Paul Solet
Written By: Axelle Carolyn, Andrew Kasch, Neil Marshall, Lucky McKee, Mike Mendez, Dave Parker, Clint Sears, John Skipp
Starring: Lin Shaye, Ben Woolf, Booboo Stewart, Barbara Crampton
Studio: Epic Pictures
Synopsis: Ten stories are woven together by their shared theme of Halloween night in an American suburb, where ghouls, imps, aliens and axe murderers appear for one night only to terrorize unsuspecting residents. – (Source)
This movie started out on a good note with the “Sweet Tooth” opener that created a new horror villain that was interesting and set up the scares pretty well. I also liked “The Ransom of Rusty Rex” which had a funny story and featured actors that I like in Sam Witwer, Jose Pablo Cantillo and Ben Woolf.
Actually the entirety of the cast was a high point for me as it featured a lot of favorites including some horror vets that I haven’t seen onscreen in years.
As much as I liked how TALES OF HALLOWEEN started, things took a turn to the imminently forgettable for a pretty long stretch between “Sweet Tooth” and “The Ransom of Rusty Rex”. Maybe cutting some of the things that didn’t work and expanding the shorts that did would have made the film a lot better and a little less like a bunch of film student final projects.
I also would have liked to see the focus more on legitimate horror instead of the overabundance of humor that was the seeming thrust of most of the shorts.
This movie could have used John Landis, Director a lot more than it needed to have John Landis, Actor involved in it.
Final Verdict: At best TALES OF HALLOWEENS features a few mildly entertaining vignettes and at worst is almost entirely forgettable. As much as I went in wanting to love this movie all I could muster for it was a very unenthusiastic “meh”.